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Just a shoutout on behalf of all us nerds - OCPS passes on Siyona Mishra of Orlando Science Middle/High  is representing us in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in DC this week - congrats and good luck! Here's hoping she wins it all!

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Jim Philips' impending retirement from his long running "Philips File" on 104.1 marks the end of an era for a radio host who often pretended to be above the fray of local politics and presenting his show as "just entertainment." 

In reality, he often worked both on and off the air to "afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted." His show will be missed and I wish him a great retirement.

From Watermark:

http://www.watermarkonline.com/2017/07/06/ladyfingers-an-ode-to-jim-philips/

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Brownie Wise, who lived in Kissimmee and started the "Tupperware Party" phenomenon that swept the nation in the 1950s, is now commemorated with the dedication of Brownie Wise Park in Tupperware Conservation Area at Lake Toho.

Video on FB:

 

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Joel Hunter, the longtime pastor of Northland Community Church, is stepping down at age 69. He has been one of the more inclusive voices in the region, seeking to bridge the divide between evangelical Christians and other faiths as well as those with other viewpoints.

Orlando is the diverse community it is today in part thanks to his efforts.

Here's wishing him well in his next endeavors.

http://religionnews.com/2017/08/02/joel-hunter-to-step-down-from-orlando-megachurch-he-founded/

(From religion news.com)

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Kudos to the guys on the Dr Phillips football team for winning the state 8A football title for 2017. So often, central Florida has played second fiddle to other regions of the state in the championship games. Now, just as UCF emerged as Florida's lone undefeated team, we're making strides with the preps as well. Great job!

Whitley: No more heartbreak for Dr. Phillips
http://bit.ly/2BpEXCd

From the Sentinel

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Not from Orlando but it's still important to take a moment to note the passing of architect/developer John Portman.

I was born in Orlando but Atlanta was my first "big city" (ironically, on my first visit in 1970, the Atlanta metro was about the size Orlando's MSA is now and it seemed to have so much more history, even if much of it had been invented by Hollywood in 1939.) 

Brunch at Portman's Hyatt Regency Atlanta as a kid spurred my fascination with cities and the built environment. His creations also spawned lots of imitations like our own Contemporary Resort at  WDW. 

Although his soaring atriums became a cliche and the tendency for his developments to separate themselves from the cities in which they existed fell out of favor (as folks like me realized Jane Jacobs knew more about what made cities viable than Robert Moses), Portman was nevertheless an important part of the Renaissance of US urban life.

John Portman, Architect Who Made Skylines Soar, Dies at 93
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/30/obituaries/john-portman-dead.html

From the New York Times

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This is a huge opportunity for the Jones chorus kids and a great way to show off just how talented our OCPS students are. Please support them if you can.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/arts-and-theater/the-artistic-type/os-et-jones-high-carnegie-hall-20180118-story.html?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Contentutm_content=5a63add79ebbef000775f937utm_medium=trueAnthemutm_source=facebook

From the Sentinel

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